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{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} How To Handle Challenging Situations When Working With Teens

2020-08-03T13:03:31+00:00August 3rd, 2020|

One of the Tune In To Teens course features I hear the most positive feedback about is the Challenging Scenarios & Strategies for Success section, in Chapter 3. Working with teens is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve had the opportunity to do in my music therapy career, but it does come with some [...]

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Promoting Creativity & Self-Expression In Teens

2020-08-01T00:01:29+00:00July 31st, 2020|

When it comes to looking at goals and areas of need for my teen clients, creativity and self-expression continually come to the top of my list, in terms of importance. With the upheaval that teens have experienced due to the pandemic, promoting creativity and giving them opportunities for self-expression seem more important now than ever [...]

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Introducing New Music To Your Teen Clients…and Making It Cool

2020-07-25T19:22:48+00:00July 25th, 2020|

As music therapists and educators, we know the importance of using client-preferred music in our sessions, especially when working with teens. Teens have a very personal relationship with the music that speaks to them. And when we show acceptance for our clients' music, what we're communicating is that we accept them. Using client-preferred music engages [...]

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Ways to Break the Ice & Work on Group Cohesion With Teens

2020-07-19T19:53:18+00:00July 19th, 2020|

I vividly remember the first time I led a music therapy session with a group of teen clients. I remember thinking it would be easy to build group cohesion among 30 adolescents that didn't know each other, and that we'd be songwriting and rapping in no time. Well, that wasn't exactly the case. It took [...]

More Creative Ideas For Your Virtual Sessions With School-Age Kids & Teens

2020-07-09T17:05:00+00:00July 8th, 2020|

Today I'm dusting off some oldies but goodies from the blog. After four months of virtual music therapy sessions, even I needed to dig deep to find new ideas for my clients (many of whom have zero musical instruments or materials). If you're looking for musical experiences that would work well during teletherapy (or in-person!) [...]

Working From Home With Kiddos

2020-06-28T17:46:30+00:00June 27th, 2020|

Have you ever been on a call with a potential new client when your child yells from the bathroom "I'm ready for you to wipe me!!" Or, had to take your child to the ER in the middle of your new E-Course launch? Or, how about this - have you ever had to homeschool your [...]

Virtual Music Therapy With Teens To Promote Creativity & Self-Expression

2020-05-09T14:58:14+00:00May 9th, 2020|

Earlier this week, I walked out of my virtual music therapy sessions glowing. The sessions had been great, the group of teens I worked with were totally engaged in our experiences, and it almost felt like there was no "online" barrier. I felt the same connection I feel when we're "in-person" together. It was pretty [...]